Attention shoppers: A strike is looming that could have an impact at your local grocery store.
Members of the Teamsters Local 117 are holding a strike vote Saturday. Their decision could cripple one of the largest distributors of organic and natural foods in the Pacific Northwest.
The Teamsters are truck drivers and warehouse workers for United National Food, Incorporated. The company supplies food to stores like Whole Foods, PCC and Safeway.
At The Grainery, a long-time health food grocery store in Burien, owner Bob Spendlove said a strike would have a devastating impact on business. He estimated UNFI delivers up to half the products on their shelves.
A Teamsters 117 spokesperson said the union is recommending that members reject the contract being offered by the company at a vote tomorrow. It said 160 union members are affected.
UNFI did not respond to KING 5’s messages seeking comment.